May 21, 2017

Award-Winning Actress, Executive Producer and Humanitarian, Saye Yabandeh, Named Global Ambassador for the Global Citizen Foundation

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May 21, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA – Award-winning actress, executive producer and humanitarian, Saye Yabandeh, was recently named the global ambassador for the Global Citizen Foundation. The organization reaches out to children and young people who are in need and supports them with education initiatives, community-centered building projects, and sustainable development programs. Yabandeh will help the Foundation reach its goals worldwide and publicly support its initiatives. Yabandeh just returned to the United States after attending the UNAOC 4th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue and the Doha Forum. In November of 2017, she will travel back to Doha for the Global Citizen Forum.

Armand Arton, Founder of the Global Citizen Foundation discussed Yabandeh’s recent appointment.

“We welcome the appointment of Saye Yabandeh as a global ambassador to the Global Citizen Foundation and we are looking forward to collaborating with her on various projects for children and young people in need,” said Armand Arton, founder of the Global Citizen Foundation,” said Arton.

Yabandeh is also the founder of, which supports impoverished and underserved children and families in Cambodia, India, Vietnam and other countries around the world. She works with many international child welfare organizations in the United States and abroad.

Yabandeh talked about how her breadth of experience will help the Global Citizen Foundation achieve its objectives.

“I am very grateful to be joining the Global Citizen Foundation family. Armand’s great mission and overarching goals are very much in-line with my own work; our desire for collaboration has been very organic and positive from the beginning. As a global citizen, I have lived and worked in many countries and lead humanitarian efforts that have taken me all over the world. I truly look forward to carrying out the vision of this organization on an international scale,” said Yabandeh.


About Saye Yabandeh
Saye Yabandeh has appeared in 34 films and on numerous television programs. She is also the CEO of Leo Entertainment which is based out of New York and Los Angeles. Yabandeh has performed many action roles and feels athleticism is the success key to much of her work. She is also an avid polo player, swimmer, and yoga and fitness advocate.  Miss Yabandeh studied producing and directing at UCLA and drama at the Meisner Center.

In 2014, Yabandeh was nominated for Best LGBT Project for her film Sholeh, at the Action on Film Awards Festival, which she also wrote and directed. She was also nominated for Best Female Filmmaker for Sholeh the same year. In 2013, Yabandeh won the Best Supporting Actress Award for Lu at the 168 Film Festival, in 2011, she won the best Actress Award at the 11th Annual Beverly Hills Film Festival Award Winners for 5th and Alameda, she was also the Executive Producer on the film. In 2011, Yabandeh won Best Actress and Best Actress in a Feature for 5th & Alameda from the Action on Film International Film Festival and Writers’ Celebration.

About the Global Citizen Foundation
Connected to the prestigious annual Global Citizen Forum, the Global Citizen Foundation is committed to making a difference by reaching out to children and young people in need. The organization focuses on education, but also seek to contribute to the next generation of leaders and education policy worldwide.

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